Monday, June 23, 2008

When Daddy's left in charge (take 2)

This is what happens when Joel is SUPPOSED to be keeping an eye on Dean but instead ignores the tell-tale sound of a kitchen drawer opening, Dean's little footsteps running into his room, his bedroom door closing, and then 5 minutes of silence. It's just never a good sign. The first pic is Dean knowing he's in trouble!!!

How can you stay mad at this face???

And yes, that WAS a permanent's probably going to have to wear off. And fortunately for Joel, Dean for some reason chose only to draw on himself and not all over the walls or carpet!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Iao Valley

One evening last week, Dean and I went to Iao Valley State Park to walk around. Dean loved it! Of course, if it's outside he usually loves it! And this involved lots of trees and climbing lots of steps, so it was triple fun!!

Dean and his "ana"

Dean LOVES bananas!! We are going to have to plant another banana tree at the new place to supply his habit. He calls then "anas" and now will ONLY eat them with the peel still on the bottom. He is such a little monkey!!

Little Opihi

Grandpa Eddie has a new best friend!!! Opihi (or "Petey") is a 5-month-old miniature Schnauzer who joined the family today. Mom and been wanting to get Dad a dog for awhile now and since Joel finished their fence a few weeks ago, they took the plunge today. Petey is so sweet!! He's very calm and is already housebroken. According to his foster parents, he loves children and he did great with Dean today! He already seems to prefer Dad and didn't stray too far from him when they stopped by to visit today. Here's a cute picture of the pair:

New Video

Hold onto your hats folks, here's another super exciting video of Dean eating a banana!! :-)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Little Boy

That's right. My baby is turning into a little boy! I'm not sure how I feel about that. He sure is a cute little boy though!

Wednesday was officially Dean's last day as a baby....that was the last day he got a bottle. Ever since he stopped breast feeding at about 7 months old, he's been a major bottle baby! I half-heartedly started to introduce a sippy cup (as all "the books" say to do) around his first birthday. He wasn't interested. I continued to patiently try coaxing him to use a cup for the past 6 months. Now I have to be honest and say that I could have tried harder. But he REALLY REALLY hated drinking milk from a cup (and still does hate it). Besides, I think if I'm really honest with myself I didn't WANT him to make that transition. I knew he needed to and I knew that I had to keep trying. But to me, that really marked the end of his babyhood and I wanted to hold on to that just a little longer. And with this one sometimes I just have to choose my battles. Besides, it wasn't like he was going to go to high school with a bottle in his mouth (I have my good friend Ellyn to thank for that guilt alleviating piece of wisdom....thanks Ellyn!). For some reason, his turning 18 months was a turning point. I finally forced myself to get tough. So Wednesday morning Dean had his last bottle. It hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. I do miss seeing him sit in his little chair with a bottle in his mouth, contentedly watching "Elmo"...and that's just it. I think it's been harder on me than on him. I wanted so badly to give him a bottle last night while I rocked him before bedtime. Why is that? He seemed fine without it. Oh well. It hasn't been all smooth sailing though. Wednesday was actually the worst. If I even walked toward him with a cup in my hand he would start screaming. And if he actually took it from me and realized it was milk, he would throw the cup across the room, then throw himself on the floor and scream and scream. In his mind, milk belongs in a bottle...not a cup. After a day and a half of lots of juice and water (so he'd stay hydrated) and a whole 6-pack of Yo Baby yogurt (so he'd get his calcium and protein), he's finally taking milk from a cup.

So as a reward for his accomplishment (as if he isn't spoiled enough already!!!), Dean got 2 new toys today....a Diego tent and a Little Tikes ride-on dump truck. So far he is ignoring the tent and pushing the dump truck all over the house. Here are some pics...

Such a big boy....

why his face is so dirty.....Dean does love his PBJs!!
new toys...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

the Criders

My good friend, Greg Crider, got married on June 1 in Bella Vista, Arkansas. We weren't able to attend the wedding, but Greg & Bev are here on Maui for their honeymoon after spending a week on Kauai. They stopped by to check out our place and meet Dean on Sunday morning. I was so excited for Dean to meet "Uncle Greg"!! It was also nice to finally meet his wife, Beverly, who is awesome by the way!! Greg and I went to high school together (although he was a few yrs older) and have been good friends since then. He also became good friends with my brother Jeremy and moved to Maui about 2 weeks after I did 4 yrs ago. Greg was one of my roommates when I first moved to Maui and he's one of those friends you know is going to be in your life forever. Anyway, here are a couple of pics from their visit.
Dean had to show Greg how his tractor worked, then when Greg was pointing at me to try to get Dean to look at the camera, Dean had to do it too!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Our Little Music Prodigy

18 months old and already rockin' out on the harmonica like a pro!!! Remember, to watch the video, you have to be on the blog website, which you can get to here. The video doesn't play in the e-mail update. Ignore the messy room - Dean was having his own little jam session this morning and had to have ALL of his music making toys spread out all over the place!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Playdate at Noah's

Dean had a private playdate at Noah's house (Or as Dean pronounces it "Nonah"s house) last week while I went to get my haircut (thank you Lauren!!!). Here are some pics Lauren took of the little rascals....aren't they just too cute together???

Sharing is Caring....

New Shoes & Last Day of Music Class

Dean got a new pair of "big boy" shoes - some really cool Vans skate sneakers that he actually likes to wear (this is a first - he normally hates all shoes). They're still a little big yet, so it's so funny to watch him walk around in them. He reminds me of tourists at the beach walking around with their snorkel & flippers on!!!
Here he is checking them out....

Today was the last day of Music class this semester. Dean has REALLY enjoyed music, more and more each semester. We first started the classes when he was only 4 months old. It's been amazing to see him develop from just sitting there absorbing everything in the beginning to participating and making his own music now!! Here's a picture of Dean and his new girlfriend Ryanna snuggling with some Care Bears during the lullaby...
Dean and Mom dancing...
Ryanna really enjoying Johnny playing the guitar...
Dean, Teacher Kim and her son Evan (who is NOT happy). Dean was so cute this morning. He gave Teacher Kim a lei and a kiss and handed her a thank-you card (which he signed himself) to thank her for making Music class so fun!!

Uncle Jeremy

Uncle Jeremy (my brother) arrived on Maui last week for the summer. Monday night he came over for dinner and Joel grilled some burgers. It was nice for Dean to get to hang out with his uncle for a little while!! Uncle Jeremy "teaching Dean how to be a man"...
Jeremy is here for the summer from Whitefish, Montana, where he's been living for about a year. He works at Whitefish Mountain Resort (ski resort) in the winter on the snow removal team. The resort is very near Glacier National Park. This is a picture of him running the snow blower and then another of some random snowboarders speechless... It looks beautiful (but very very cold!!!)